The Best Of 1995: THEATER

THEATER

1 ARCADIA Tom Stoppard's complex, lucid drama--brought to Broadway under Trevor Nunn's direction after a lengthy London run--shuttles adroitly between the present and the 19th century, the allure of mathematics and the promptings of lust, broad comedy and large-scale tragedy. Stoppard's masterpiece demands comparison not just with other Broadway arrivals this year but also with the best in postwar English and American theater.

2 THE HEIRESS This Broadway revival of Ruth and Augustus Goetz's 1947 melodrama, itself adapted from Henry James' 1880 novel Washington Square, speaks with the confident simplicity of all-around excellence: skillful direction by Gerald Gutierrez, inventive sets and...

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